Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

     This website if full of information about the watershed with many fact sheets and education powerpoints that go into great detail about the natural resources that are here.  There are also pages devoted to the many projects and accomplishments that OWCA has achieved in its twelve year history.  Many activities, however, change frequently, so we use our Facebook page, Obed Watershed Community Association, as a way to receive information in a more immediate way than the website.  The link to our Facebook page is at the bottom of our navigation column to the left.


  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - 2017!

     January Activities

    Field Trip to see Sandhill Cranes

    Saturday, January 7

    Carpool leaves Common Ground at 9:00 a.m.


    Join OWCA for a visit to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County on Saturday morning, January 7, 2017 to see Sandhill Cranes and other birds. Hiwassee is justifiably famous for the thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes, along with numerous other waterbirds, plus Bald Eagles. The drive takes a little over an hour from Crossville. We will visit several viewing sites there and along the river, including the Cherokee Removal Memorial. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide. Ed LeGrand (931-788-1846) will be our bird expert and will bring a spotting scope. Please dress warmly! We’ll leave from Common Ground (405 4th St.) in Crossville at 9:00 AM. Return in about 4 hours.

    Invasive Plant Fighters Needed

    We’re going to be fighting the invasive plants again this winter and we could use a few volunteers. Because it needs to be above freezing (the warmer the better), we don’t have specific dates in mind, but if you’d like to help with eliminating invasive plants from the CoLinx wetland area or Centennial Park, please give Dennis a call at 210-3611 and he’ll give you a few days notice before they go out. It’s mainly cutting and painting the larger plants and pulling the small seedlings. We’ll be focusing mainly on privet.

        Talk on TN Mussels

         Continued work on Invasives
         February 25th Free tree giveaway - sign up with TN Environmental Council
          Talk on Cumberland County Frogs and Toads
          Continued work on Invasives, Native planting on two sites

          Wildflower Walks
          April 21-22 - Native Plant Sale at Spring Garden Show

          Talk on Native Plant Landscaping
          Stream Walks

          Landscaping on Lakefront properties talk
          Devil's Breakfast Table Clean-up
          July 22 - WaterFest at Meadow Park Lake

    WaterFest Website:  crossvillewaterfest.org   There are photos from previous years' activities and up-to-date information on the 2017 WaterFest

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (President),  Amy Steele-Wortel (Vice-President), Mary Lou Matteson (Treasurer), Hugh Thomforde (Secretary), Majorie Buxbaum, Katie Heying, Ed LeGrand, Matt Matteson, Wayne Russell, Robert Safdie, and Rebecca Whitney. 

    OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Veolia Water NA,VEC Customer Share, MTNG Hometown Help, Manchester Tank,  Cumberland Medical Center, EcoTravel Plaza, Stonehaus Winery, Outdoor Experience, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, Silvara Stone, and Kroger. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 405 4th St. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:09 AM by Dennis Gregg
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